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'''Abner Doubleday''' (June 26, 1819January 26, 1893) was a career United States Army officer and Union Army|Union general in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Battle of Fort Sumter|Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg was his finest hour, but his relief by Major general (United States)|Maj. Gen. George G. Meade caused lasting enmity between the two men. In San Francisco, after the war, he obtained a patent on the cable car (railway)|cable car railway that still runs there. In his final years in New Jersey, he was a prominent member and later president of the Theosophical Society. Doubleday has been historically credited with Doubleday myth|inventing baseball, although this is untrue.Kirsch, pp. xiii-xiv.
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